Injectable Facial Fillers
Signs of facial aging become visible over time as a direct result of sun exposure, heredity and life style. The earliest signs are the development of wrinkles and the loss of facial fullness. This can be reversed with the use of injectible fillers in non-surgical procedures. Injectable fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, or improve the appearance of recessed scars.
There are different types of fillers and they all have their own characteristics. You should review and decide with the surgeon which is best for you. Here are some of the options:
- Collagen is a natural protein that supports the skin. Injectable collagen formulas derived from human dermis include Cosmoderm® or Cosmoplast®. Zyderm® and Zyplast® are forms of bovine collagen that, unlike human derived collagen, require prior allergy testing. The results may last 2 to 4 months.
- Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in our bodies. It is well suited to plump thin lips and fill facial creases such as nasolabial folds. It may also be appropriate for some surface wrinkles and concave scars. The results may last 6 months or longer.
- Hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones, suspended in a gel-like formulation. It is the heaviest of facial fillers and is recommended to fill deeper creases such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines and frown lines, as well as to enhance fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours.
- Human fat, harvested from your own body, can be reinjected to enhance facial fullness, fill deep creases and to build up shallow contours. Fat injection requires a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers because it uses liposuction techniques to extract the fat prior to injection. (Fat can be stored for your own future treatment. The duration of results from preserved fat is not as favorable as fat used at the same time it is harvested.)
During The Procedure
The injection sites will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent and icing or a topical numbing agent may be offered to make more sensitive patients comfortable. In some cases, the filler itself will contain an anesthetic agent. In other cases local anesthetic may be administered to the treatment site. Injection takes only a few moments per site and a few minutes for a course of treatment. Following injection, any markings will be cleansed and icing may be offered to alleviate any temporary, minor discomfort. Makeup may be carefully re-applied so long as care is taken not to apply pressure to the treatment area.
An improved appearance is visible almost immediately, although minor swelling or bruising may appear at the injection sites. The results of soft tissue augmentation with injectable fillers are not permanent, even though a filler substance may be considered permanent. Should you choose not to repeat treatment, your appearance will return to its original condition.
Today’s age-defying injectable treatments (i.e. Botox®, Dysport®) work by correcting many of the signs of aging including wrinkle-causing facial muscles and wrinkles. Dermal fillers (i.e. Juvéderm™, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Perlane®, Sculptra®) are innovative cosmetic solutions to help ease the aging process and sustain one’s youth. It can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments to treat hollow cheeks and eyes, receding chins, thin lips, wrinkles, and other aging skin.
The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name BOTOX®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck caused by the action of the underlying muscles. BOTOX® blocks the nerve impulses to these muscles, temporarily paralyzing them and giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. BOTOX® is also effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes. BOTOX® typically lasts from two to six months with an average of around four months.
Juvéderm™ is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Your healthcare professional eases Juvéderm™ injectable gel under the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel. In fact, studies show superior results of Juvéderm compared to a collagen-based dermal filler. The entire process takes only 15 minutes and is virtually painless. Minimal side effects may include some redness or swelling, depending upon the sensitivity of the skin.
If you’re interested in being treated with this nonsurgical physician-administered treatment option, you should know the advantages of choosing Juvéderm™ injectable gel:
Juvéderm™ is a “next-generation” non-animal dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance that plays a vital role in hydrating your skin and replenishing its natural volume. No allergy skin tests are needed prior to receiving treatment.
Juvéderm™ injectable gel employs its unique manufacturing process to provide the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any currently available hyaluronic acid dermal filler for long-lasting results. This advanced manufacturing process also creates a smooth consistency gel that flows consistently and easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. Juvéderm™ is the only filler available with this smooth consistency gel formulation—other existing hyaluronic acid fillers are made of granular consistency gels.